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Wasatch Winterfest - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-29-2008)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a small cap. Good lacing that shows rings.

S - Smells very similar to SN Pale Ale (piney hops) and faint malts.

T - Tastes of bitter pine hops and leaves a malt aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation with a creamy feel in the mouth.

D - This was a pretty good beer that I got as part of a Winter sampler pack on clearance. I had never seen this brand before this and I haven't seen it around too much by itself. I don't think I would get this one again.

UCLABrewN84, May 19, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from, ironically, Wasatch.

Pours dark mahogany in the glass but shines through a deep, clear copper when held up to light. It's got a big 3-inch beige head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is very subdued and mainly sweet caramel malts mixed with floral pine hops. There are hints of orange peel in the nose as well.

The taste has a quick hop kick up front before the big sweetness of the caramel malts take over. The finish is hoppy with some pine needles and herbs, slightly dry.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and fairly prickly with the hops coming out surprisingly well.

I enjoyed this as a well-balanced winter brew with a surprising hop kick thrown in.

gford217, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to wasatch for sending this one my way.

Poured into my pint glass the beer dark red brown with about two fingers of light tan head. After a slow recession a thick coating of lace is left around the glass.

The aroma is much hoppier than I had anticipated. Along with citrus there are layers of malt and sweet sugars. Moderate spice and dark fruit as well.

The flavor is fairly malt driven. A touch of sweetness fades almost instantly. This followed by a modest hop bite that turns rather bitter and dry. Classic bark vs bite syndrome.

Medium body. Slightly creamy. Average to below average carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer for sure. I believe I might like to give this one a try fresh.

beerwolf77, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of CHL
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am seriously impressed with this beer. I only got one bottle from the Utah State Liquor store in December, thinking it was a spiced holiday ale.

Instead, it's a nice strong beer, with heavy light malts and a not-insignificant citrus and pine hop kick. It's not a novelty beer though (like their less rounded "Hop Rising"). It's very tasty and enjoyable.

I think this is my favorite Wasatch "high point" beer. I hope they still have it in stock in April.

CHL, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Dark color with a ruby hue. Rich and persistent tan head with great lacing.

S: Nice piney hops in the nose with some balancing malt backbone.

T: Similar to the nose: nice and hoppy of the piney, floral persuasion. Some bitter from the hops but not overbearing.

M: Mild carbonation (but it has been open for a while and was not well-chilled when opened). Bitterness lingers pleasantly.

Notes: As the end of the glass approaches, the bite from this 7.1% ABV starts to lubricate my thinking (and slow my typing). A big beer that is very enjoyable but not sessionable because of its high gravity. A delicious beer.

kevinjosephlee, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle from the 2008 batch, courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks, John!

In my Sam Adams shaped pint glass, Wasatch Winterfest is sparkling-clear and ruby-tinted copper in color. A soft, creamy cap of pale beige foam settles to a finger's thickness and completely coats the inner walls of the vessel with a fine, sticky film of lacing.

The aroma is malty and laced with tree fruits; smashed red apples, fresh plums, toasted nuts and a vaguely spicy note predominate.

The taste is mild and toasty with a mellow backing of toffee. An unobtrusive note of alcohol masquerading as fermenting apple abounds without overpowering the palate or the dusty dryness that nicely balances the brew.

The drink is medium-fullish in body with exceptionally fine carbonation. A very easy drinker considering the 7.1% ABV.

cvstrickland, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep ruby pour into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Somewhat sparkly with regards to carbonation yet otherwise quite clear. An inch of dense light tan foam rests atop the pour and lingers nicely. Initially I fought for said foam but alas it was hard to contain in the end, and offered good lacing on the glass.

Some caramel malts on the nose acquiesce in short order to pine and citrus hop notes along with a bit or toasted grain.

Moderate hops and neutral malts on the tongue initially with a light caramel finish. A good carbonation carries through the palate. Malt notes intensify a bit as the head settles, which does take some time, and become darker in nature offering a bit of chocolate and brown sugar on the finish with a slightly drying hop nature. Said carbonation works well with the brew and offers a good feel and drink.

Was a bit at odds with this beer initially, thinking it a 'Winter Warmer', but as a 'Amer. Strong Ale' it fits the bill nicely, particularly given how hop forward it is.

HalfFull, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for the hookup. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a huge densely packed tan head that breaks up and recedes slowly. Smells of deep roasted nuts and spice with notes of malt flourishing in the middle. Closer inspection reveals some candy notes (red hots) and a very faint earthiness. The malt is huge on the palate, and the spice is far in the background. There's a bit of emptiness in the body, but it tastes pretty good nonetheless. A subtle alcohol heat is noticed, and a bit of lingering chalkiness exists. Another good brew from Utah, and I can't say I've had a bad one from that State yet.

stephens101, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for the chance to try this one!

A - pours a nut brown color with just a few bubbles on top

S - sweet caramel malts, molasses and very hoppy

T - breadiness along with some nice roasted malts with a good amount of bitterness

M/D - full bodied, lots of flavor, nice brew for a cold night.

mikereaser, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with an half inch of off-white foam resting on top.

Smell: Toasted dark breads and caramels wrapped in notes of citrus, dehydrated herbs, and mild spice.

Taste: Toasted dark bread crusts and grains smoothed out with a modest caramel sweetness. Lightly nutty. Citrusy, herbaceous hops with a moderate amount of bitterness. Subtle hint from the alcohol. A touch of spiciness, though it doesn't seem to be due to an actual dose of Christmastime spices. Drying, lightly bitter, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty good! A reasonably bold winter brew without being too heavy, ridiculously spiced, or having a laborious ABV.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to wasatch for this namesake extra.

12oz bottle with no date. tasted in mid/late april 2009

dark, coppery amber. clear. big light brown head barely ever fades. great lacing all the way!

aroma: mild citrusy and piney hops, with almost fruity lemon zest tones. caramel maltiness and apple fruitiness then pops out from underneath, with an almost cinnamon sweetness.

taste: big and malty from the get go, but also quickly met by solid american hopping to balance. piney with touch of citrus. moderate bitterness. apple esters, hint of spice, trace phenols, esp in finish.

relatively substantial. smooth with some resins in finish. tingly, moderate carbonation gives both body and lift.

a pleasant surprise. i guess i shouldn't feel so bad for utah after all...

tai4ji2x, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to wasatch for this one.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a snow covered mountain range on a predominantly blue toned label. No freshness date but I imagine it is at least 4-5 months old.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly to a still substantial 1/2 finger of foam, leaving behind nearly complete lacing coverage. acing continues as I drink, with a distinct ring at each pause between sips. The beer itself is a deep, perfectly clear mahogany. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Slightly sweet caramel malt with nutty undertones. Hop bitterness in the finish.

Taste: Bready malt upfront with a slight caramel sweetness. Mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A nice sipper, I imagine great for a cold Utah winter. So many good beers out there, such poor distribution channels.

beveritt, May 27, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an impressive and sticky head that leaves a curtain of lace

Smell: Piney tobacco notes waft along with caramel underpinnings

Taste: Caramel up front, with a developing piney herbal bitterness that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness dials back a notch to highlight the fruity caramel malt; tobacco and tea elements in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty intriguing winter warmer, with a lot of complexity

Thanks, Wasatch, for the opportunity

brentk56, May 24, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you wasatch for this bottle, the last of our trade items.
Celebrating winter with spring. :)

Poured from a brown twist off 12oz bottle into a pub glass. An inch of white foamy head forms, leaving behind thick sticky lace all around. Brown in color, glowing ruby semi transparent red when held to light. Great appealing color on this.

Aroma of minerally water, chocolate grains, grassy pine laced hops, its malty and mildly sweet. The chocolate grains really set it off.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied with a creamyness that was not expected. Limited carbonation really boosts the smooth creamyness of the feel on this.

Taste is sweet upfront, unfermented honey or lactose, not really sure. Sweet barley in a grape nuts flakes resemblence, a ;ittle overly sweet with too little of hops for this style.
Carbonation coming into the swallow, with grassy hops and a touch of faint pine. Plenty more roasty flavors of cereal grains, chocolate grains and nibs. Finishing roasty with very mild hop bittering.

Delicious brew, I do believe there is flaked barley in here, you can taste it and it seems to lend to lace and full bodied mouthfeel. I wouldnt classify it as an american strong though, its more on the lines of a porter/ brown. The chocolate, darker color and roasty grains dont seem to follow the barleywine. american strong lines too well. However, its a great beer and I really enjoyed it, but for the style it does not seem to follow along.

Added to my wants, this is pretty tasty and goes down well.

Buebie, May 16, 2009
Photo of orcasteve
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to wasatch for this one in a recent trade, shared with my girlfriend sara, we loved this one, poured a redish brown with a thick tan head that wont go away, this one smelled of molassiess and hops, the flavor is an exploshin in my mouth, the first part is a floraial hop then some lemon and molassiess and heavy sour malt, the finish tha hops take over and leave you wanting more. this is a top notch beer for sure

orcasteve, May 16, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one courtesy of Wasatch via trade...

Wow, not what I was expecting. This is a serious beer!

Pours a very dark amber/red color with a thick inch of off white head. Pretty viscous stuff.

Smell is fairly hoppy still, it is May after all, with also a ton of malt sweetness backing that up. Pretty straightforward in the nose, just an intense amount of malt.

Taste is biscuity and brown bready. Lots of that dark sweet malt with some nice hints of hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich and very, very flavorful.

I could definitely have a few of these on a cold winter night. Great beer!

indiapaleale, May 05, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With Spring having sprung weeks ago, what better time for a strong winter ale? Wasatch (who else?) sent a 12 oz. bottle; I poured to a pint glass.

A: Rich, deep mahogany, tinged with ruby in the sunlight. A sudsy sandy-coloredcap, nearly a finger-high fades to a clinging froth; terrific lace in sheeting blankets. Fair carbonation, only a few random bubbles.

S: Strong aroma of spiced/candied fruit, citrus-y hops, scented wood, slightly chocolate syrup. Toasted dark bread, once again spiced (wheat) rounds out an appealing aroma.

T: A well-balanced hop/malt profile: herbal/piney greens (a little 'aged' as it IS April...) with a sweeter nutty/chocolate/toffee. Not as much of the fruit as detected in the aroma, finishes with a dry, vaguely smoky bitterness.

M: Smooth carbonation, medium-thick body. Mild alcohol warming.

D: Among the tastier, more drinkable strong/winter beers I recall. Rivals the likes of an annual NW favorite (Deschutes Jubelale). Would gladly have again.

Big thanks to John, a saint among BAs...

msubulldog25, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of ybnorml
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean dark amber/brown beer> Has a big tan head that leaves plenty of nice lace. Big piney hop aroma with some citrus notes in the background. The flavor has a nice balance between the malty character and the hop notes. The maltiness slides in with a light hint of chocolate. The piney hop notes run around the edges mixing the the chocolate on the finish to give a slight coffee character at the back of the throat. Quite a tasty treat.

Thanks Wasatch for this yummy stuff.

ybnorml, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks for this great beer!

A - Poured into my Old Rasputin nonic pint glass. A massive 3 finger, slightly rocky, light tan head formed atop the medium copper colored brew. Excellent retention, attractive lacing, and brilliant clarity. Not sure there's room for improvement here.

S - Wonderful toasty malt profile with hints of caramel, toffee, and a light chocolate. Smells very inviting and appropriate for a winter brew. Picking up on a moderate level of spicy hops after that initial malt burst. Maple syrup.

T - Touches of smoke mix with the caramel and toasted malt flavors. Great hop spice and a medium-high level of bitterness help render an excellent balance. Slightly nutty, mildly herbal. The beer finishes medium-dry and leaves a lingering bitterness to go along with the malt-driven caramel/chocolate type character.

M - Medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - This is certainly a great tasting beer. I'd love a fireplace to plop myself in front of, sipping on this fine offering from Wasatch. The only drawback is that after 1, I'd probably go fishing for something else. Aside from that, this is an excellent beer. Cheers to an awesome offering from Utah!

BrewerB, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear brown amber with about an inch of foam.

The smell is big with the caramel malt goodness with some bready notes and an interesting pine hop infusion that makes the nose very intriguing.

The taste is darn big with both the malt and the hops. Caramel and bready malt sweetness counter by a healthy dose of piney hops bring out a very good balance and man, I'm loving it. The best brew from Utah I've tasted yet? Could be. I think any brewery would be proud to call it their own. Nice little alcohol kick here as well with some warming after the swallow but tastewise, it's well hidden.

A medium bodied brew with light carbonation, it finishes slightly sweet, slightly bitter, slightly spicy. A very good Winter brew.

Drinkability? Lots of delightful flavours going on with a very good mouthfeel and the alcohol is kept in check pretty well..I'd say it's very drinkable. I really enjoyed this brew and head retention was great as was the lacing. Ok, I'm going to stick my neck out for the chopping block but this one is a stand out.

Bitterbill, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very happy to see this at the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT. About $2 for a 12oz single.

A: Deep red, almost brown, dark red accents when held to the light, dense tan head, with great retention, about half an inch, huge clumps of lacing.

S: Huge hop characteristic, very piney and grapefruit, a faint hint of caramel sweetness, but this is a hop bomb in the nose.

T: Initial caramel and spices, a slight hint of molasses as well, but these are pushed aside by an enormous blast of grapefruit rind, this one is hoppy and bitter. They weren't off when they said brewed in the style of SN Celebration.

M: Thin, with a bit of a carbonation bite, nothing too out of place. Dry. A hint of alcohol warmth.

D: Not exactly a session at 7.1% but it is still a tasty beer that I could enjoy two or three of if I wanted to. I'll have to go stock up on it while its here, because this is a great beer.

pokesbeerdude, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a damn good beer, I just have to get that out of the way. I recieved this one along with the rest of my nice collection of utah beers recenetly and I thought they were all gone till I pulled this one out. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 01/31/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich copper colored amber with lots of reddish tint mixed in throughout. Nice clarity and some small carbonation coming up through the glass. Nice head of white on top settled down quickly and led to a thin covering of lace. The aroma was loaded with pine hops. Lots of nice balance though with hints of cinnamon and spices mixing in quite well. Lots of resin filled hops in on the flavor. Very smooth with with a nice medium boided feel that was very well placed. Well hidden alcohol was not much of an issue at all, in fact very drinkable and went down a bit too quickly.

Overall a very solid beer that was much different then what I was expecting. Solid hoppy strong ale that I would not turn down again.

mikesgroove, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

what a delightful beer!

A - Pours a rusty amber, with a 1.5 inch head in my pilsner. good pillowy head, good retention, very fine and beautiful lacing.

S - Bready, with sugary carmel qualities. lots of piney and citrusy hops. Very nice.

T - Hops up front, but quickly followed by malty goodness. Grapefruit, pine, sage. Whole grain bready sweetness. a touch of lime. Tart on the finish. Absolutely Delicious.

M - Medium to thick bodied. Great carbonation level.

D - What a great beer! I will definitely be getting many more of these.

Beernoisseur, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. It pours a clear brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus hops and grapefruit. Flavor is rather hoppy but blends nicely with sweet caramel malt. Very nice, more like an IPA than an ASA or a winter ale for that matter. Yum!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of bort11
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Wasatch, just like the last three reviews! Dude is beyond generous

12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Thick tan head with big chunks. The lacing is unbelievable! Thick webs cling to the glass all the way through. Amazing retention. Does not stop. Color is a dark mahogany with very active carbonation streamers.

Smell has an oak and pine wood aroma. Slightly bitter but held in balance with sweet floral hops and brown sugar. Taste has a more caramel malt sweetness. Hops is there, but a bit muted.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste, but it does have a velvety texture. 7% is hidden very well. It snuck up on me. Very nice.

bort11, Jan 09, 2009
Wasatch Winterfest from Utah Brewers Cooperative
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.